Karen Ricks

Company: Our Kitchen Classroom

Position: Coach


Our Kitchen Classroom is the place where you can learn the Practical Life skills to transform your dreams into your reality!


I spent the first 10 years outside my passport country growing in community and learning what it meant to be a Black Expat in Asia. I founded my own international Montessori school in central Japan with an infant on my hip, and learned to navigate the ins and outs of running a brick-and-mortar business with a multilingual/multicultural staff in my third language. Then I sold it all to go to cooking school in Italy. I took my teaching online, and my family and I have spent the past 4+ years as nomadic Worldschoolers, enjoying the most unbelievable Global Culinary Adventures!


Whether your desire is long-term expatriate relocation, full-time family travel, or something else in-between, I have the personal experience to guide you from imagining the possibilities to making the leap abroad. From building a business that fits the lifestyle you desire to designing the educational and language journey for your family, I've learned loads by trial and error so you don't have to do the same. Your dreams don't look like anyone else's, so why should your travels? The most delicious expeditions start right here at Our Kitchen Classroom!

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